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Choose humility every time

'I...lifted my eyes to Heaven, and my understanding returned to me.' Daniel 4:34 NKJV

When we're at our lowest, when we've sinned, or we feel left out or overlooked, and even when we have had great successes, we can choose right then to run after humility or run after pride. It's up to us.

If we choose humility, God promises to step in. God always rejects a proud heart, but he responds in love to a humble one. Both happened to King Nebuchadnezzar: one moment he was boasting about having built the world's most advanced civilisation, the next he'd lost his mind and was crawling on all fours, eating grass like a donkey. But when he looked up to Heaven humbly, God restored him. He said: 'I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to Heaven, and my understanding returned to me...Now I...praise...the King of Heaven, all of whose works are truth, and his ways justice. And those who walk in pride he is able to put down' (Daniel 4:34, 37 NKJV). When you feel like you've got absolutely nothing left, and you look up to God, he does miracles.

The Bible quotes many instances where pride leads to arrogance, hatred, strife and destruction. Humility, in contrast, leads to wisdom, preservation, salvation and life. The good news is that it's never too late to choose humility and repent (in other words, radically change everything), and acknowledge you need God.

So what now? Ask God to help you to choose a humble attitude in all areas of your life. Psalm 149:4 (NKJV) says 'he crowns the humble with victory.' How awesome is that!

Soulfood: Deut 18-21 Mk 7:14-23 Ps 37:32-40 Pro 12:4-6,

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